Tip of the Month

Calves, under 3 weeks of age, are the most sensitive to cooler winter temperatures. They are born with limited body fat reserves which they can use to stay warm. When tempera-tures dip below 60ºF, they are cold stressed. Wind chill adds even more stress. To stay warm and to continue to grow as well, additional energy is needed. More milk or a higher fat milk replacer can provide additional energy. Also, deep bedding with straw so their legs are covered and calf blan-kets can help keep calves warm. However, ventilation (4 air exchanges per hour) is still critical in barns to move bacte-ria laden air to prevent dis-ease. Air movement is above calves, not down on them.

Keeping Your Head Above Water Milk

The dairy industry continues to undergo many challenges and industry changes.  Dairy farmers that optimize the use of financial, labor, facilities, and cow resources are better able to weather the storm.  

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"Why, Oh Why, Do I Need To Do That?"

With all the ongoing tasks filling ones’ day, short cuts can become the new norm.  Sometimes these shortcuts resulting in new habits are acceptable, but more times than not, they result in an outcome counter to the one desired.  As my father instilled in me early on, “milking time is where you make your money!”.

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